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Resources for Department Chairs: Mentoring & Leadership

Mentoring and Guiding Successful Faculty Careers

Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence Mentoring Resources

A collection of resources created by the Duquesne University CTE devoted to mentoring, including definitions of mentoring, an explanation of types of mentoring, and how best to support junior faculty.

University of Pittsburgh Introduction to Faculty Mentoring

A collection of resources to provide basic information about mentoring to clarify potential misconceptions about mentoring and to guide faculty as they develop mentoring relationships. Examples of ongoing mentoring programs at the University of Pittsburgh provide specific examples of successful mentoring relationships on campus. Finally, links to mentoring resources developed elsewhere were added to provide depth and breadth to the topics presented.

Professional Organizations

American Council on Education Department Leadership Programs

The American Council on Education offers a series of general national workshops for division chairs and deans specifically designed to focus on departmental leadership. These workshops seek to support the development of the chair as an academic leader within the department and within the institution as a whole.

American Council on Education Department Chair Online Resource Center

This collection of online resources serves department and program leaders as well as the administrators who work with them. Developed with the support of the Lumina Foundation this resource center offers articles, suggestions, bibliographies

Jossey-Bass Department Chair Leadership Institute

This organization provides resources and online programs devoted to the following goals:

    • To provide the highest quality and most practical and relevant resources for department chairs at all academic institutions

    • To design, develop, and deliver content in the most efficient and useful manner possible—in books, in periodicals, and in online seminars

    • To foster a sense of community and connection among department chairs across all kinds of academic institutions

    • To play a significant role in equipping department chairs with the information they need to provide excellent leadership

National Academic Advising Association

This page provides links to a number of resources focused on student retention, including articles and retention reports, as well as information about webinars, seminars, and other programs.

Academic Administration and Leadership

Creating A Positive Departmental Climate: Principles for Best Practices

This document focuses on ways in which department chairs can foster an environment of transparency, uniformity, and assistance. Prepared for the ADVANCE Program at the University of Michigan.

Enhancing Department Climate: A Chair’s Role

A guide for department chairs to assist in building effective communication and a sense of community, promoting professional development, dealing with illegal behaviors, and dealing with personal issues of department members, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Conflict Mediation FAQs

This site developed by the University of Missouri covers frequently asked questions about conflict mediation, including why mediation is valuable and which situations are appropriate for mediation.